Hugh Chatham’s Vision to be the best community healthcare system in the nation, with service as our guiding principle, is one of ambition and purpose. Of course, our ability to make a vision real centers around our People – the heart and soul of this organization. And not only do they consistently measure up, but routinely exceed expectations so that, whether patients or visitors, those who enter our facilities feel a sense of community and belonging. Please join me in celebrating Marion Alexander, FNP-C at Hugh Chatham Family Medicine in Elkin, as a prime example of what our vision “looks like” in action and this week’s Hugh Chatham Way Highlight.

I’d like to share one of many examples of how Marion makes Hugh Chatham Family Medicine-Elkin such a special place. Recently, one of Marion’s patients needed to be hospitalized. Marion’s patient verbalized he had a pet dog that had no one else to look after it while he would be in the hospital. In a gesture of caring and compassion, Marion immediately volunteered to take care of the patient’s dog until he was discharged from the hospital. But it doesn’t stop there. Upon bringing the dog home, Marion took the dog to the vet for a complete health evaluation. Further, while her patient required admission to another care facility after discharge, Marion continued to provide a safe, loving home environment for her patient’s dog.

This story could be subtitled: “the things they don’t teach you in nurse practitioner school.” Those who know Marion, however, would say that this is simply who she is: caring, compassionate, and generous. Brandi Poplin, Director of Primary Care Operations, underscored this by saying “Marion has such a positive energy and it is contagious to everyone around her. Not only does she provide exceptional patient care at Hugh Chatham Family Medicine and Yadkin Valley Senior Living, but has also supported the Urgent Care and Express Care locations during COVID surges on multiple occasions. Marion is a delight to work with and we are so glad she calls Hugh Chatham home.”

Marion, you are a shining example of what we mean when we refer to “the Hugh Chatham Way”. It is an honor to recognize you!


Q & A with Marion

How did you come to Hugh Chatham?
“I was looking for a position in the area to be closer to my Dad. As a child, I always liked the small town, family feel and reputation of Hugh Chatham. I immediately wanted to be a part of it when I had the opportunity.”

What inspired you to become a nurse practitioner?
“After being in management for years, my mind kept going back to patient care. I enjoy partnering with the patient, providing education, and encouraging and guiding the patient to an informed decision. Achieving a positive outcome with the patient is so rewarding.”

How do you and your team exhibit STARS?
“We demonstrate STARS by having good work ethic, positive communication, closing the gap to benefit our patients, listening to what others have to say, and having fun!”

What do you like to do for fun?
“At work I enjoy our celebrations – we are like family. At home, I love spending time with my Dad, grandkids, and ALL of my animals (1 cow, 5 donkeys, 11 chickens, 10 cats, 3 dogs, and my most recent addition – a sweet Aussie Heeler mix.”


Marion Alexander was nominated by Paul Hammes.